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Help!! what does this mean? and what should I do? Completley 'green' here! Any help would be Greatly appreciated! Bindy...

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    Default EPS files - unable to open because the pr module cannot p???

    Help!! what does this mean? and what should I do? Completley 'green' here!

    Any help would be Greatly appreciated!

    bindy_l Guest

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    Default Re: EPS files - unable to open because the pr module cannot p???

    It means that Photoshop is expecting a particular format for EPS and it is not seeing it. Why? Could be that the file is not an EPS; Could be that the program that created it did it in a bohemian way. Try File|Open As and test out some options there to see if it will open.
    YrbkMgr Guest

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    Default Re: EPS files - unable to open because the pr module cannot p???

    Sometimes a file cannot be opened, but the same file
    can be placed into an empty new doc.

    There is no particular format for EPS - EPS is plane
    Postscript. But some programs save as EPS with an
    extraordinay overhead of unnecessary information (ID).

    Best regards --Gernot Hoffmann
    Gernot Guest

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    Default Re: EPS files - unable to open because the pr module cannot p???


    Here's a bit of wisdom from a long-time friend of Adobe Software, Steve

    EPS (Encapsulated PostScript Files) are strange bunnies. When you import
    them into your DTP or presentation program, they behave differently than the
    other imports you're used to. Here's the Why and Wherefore.

    First of all, EPS is NOT the same as PostScript (such as you'd produce by
    printing to disk using a PostScript driver). It can contain nearly all the
    same commands and graphics as a regular PS file, but some PS operators are
    strictly verboten in EPS. Moreover, EPS contains no page setup information
    and might not contain a "showpage" command ... the PS equivalent of "Print
    'em, Dan-o". An EPS may print if you send it to a PS printer, but it may
    not. Them's the breaks.

    Neither is EPS the same as AI, or Adobe Illustrator format. The old version
    of the .AI format was a very restricted subset of EPS intended for importing
    apps to translate into their own format. The NEW version of the .AI format
    (since AI9) is now a form of PDF, which allows transparency and other neat

    An EPS file contains one image only; in other words, it cannot contain
    multiple pages, but each image may be made up of several other images.

    What happens when you import an EPS file? First of all, let's use the term
    "place" rather than "import" since the mechanics of EPS are different from
    regular imports.

    There are two general classes of EPS file, those with a preview image and
    those without. If the EPS includes a preview image, then that's what you see
    when you place the file. The preview may be TIFF or WMF if you're working on
    a PC, PICT if you're a Mac user. Some, though not all, Mac programs support
    TIFF as well. That's a hint as to which you should use if you're
    bi-platformal. Got it?

    If there's no preview image in the EPS, there's nothing for your app to show
    you. Instead, you get a box that's the same proportions as the EPS file (the
    box size is derived from the %%BoundingBox comment that MUST be in every
    EPS). You may also see some of the other text from the header section of the
    EPS ... things like BoundingBox, Creator, and whatnot. Not very WYSIWYG, but
    more useful than a plain grey or white box all the same.

    Note that your app makes no attempt whatever to interpret or convert the
    actual contents of the EPS file. This is Right and Proper behaviour.

    At print time, one of two things happens. If you're printing to a PostScript
    printer, your app simply spits the contents of the EPS back out to the
    printer, bounded with a few other commands to establish the scaling and
    position of the image. Again, it makes no attempt whatever to understand
    what's actually IN the EPS.

    If you're printing to a non-PS printer, your app can't very well send raw PS
    out the port, since that would cause your printer to a) croak, or b) spew
    pages and pages of raw PostScript gibberish, or c) all of the above.

    Instead, it sends the preview image, if there is one, or our old friend the
    empty box if there isn't. The quality of the printout will depend on the
    resolution of the preview image.

    Some EPS have very low resolution, low quality previews, others may have
    full-color, high resolution preview images or even fully scaleable vector
    WMF previews. If you print an EPS to a non-PostScript printer all you'll see
    is the header unless the application has a built-in software RIP like
    Illustrator and InDesign.

    And,unlike .AI files, EPS are NOT meant for editing -- only printing.

    Adapted from a diatribe by Steve Rindsberg

    LenHewitt Guest

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